Mumbai Railways to install CCTVs for women’s safety

Mumbai: Mumbaikars rejoice! Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has sanctioned Rs.11,411 crore for the much-awaited third phase of the Mumbai Urban Transport Project( MUTP) which experts think will boost the development in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region from Mumbai suburbs to Dahanu, Diva, Panvel, Karjat and Kasara. Prabhu also emphasised on women’s security and cleanliness in the railway premises in his budget.

The Railways have identified nine of the filthiest stations on the central and western lines which will be closely monitored for cleanliness. Besides, the budget has envisaged giving out contracts for cleanliness at railway stations to reputed companies having a turnover of more than Rs 100 crores and separate departments in each zone which will benefit suburban commuters as well.

Besides, General Manager of Central and Western Railway, Brig Sunil Kumar Sood on Thursday said that they are considering to cover railway stations in Mumbai and the ladies compartments of local trains under CCTV surveillance.The acquiring of CCTV cameras was discussed in a meeting with Reliance Metro, which runs the Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL), on Thursday wherein two types of CCTV cameras were looked at. One was the IP based CCTV camera which the Railways are already using, and the other are Cable cameras.

“IP based CCTV cameras cost Rs 46,000 per camera whereas the cost of Cable CCTV cameras is still being worked out. However, Cable CCTV cameras have an advantage over their counterparts as they can rotate at a 180-degree angle and thus cover larger areas. While IP based cameras focus just in fixed one direction” said Sood.

He further explained that even eight IP based CCTV cameras cannot do the job as efficiently as only three Cable CCTV cameras in one coach. Although the Cable CCTV cameras are expected to come at a higher price owing not only to the higher efficiency but also to the network that will have to be set up, the Railways are considering opting for them.”

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